Piedmont health departments stress vaccinations

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GUILFORD CO., N.C. -- Health departments across the Piedmont are stressing the importance of vaccinations with more than 22,000 cases of pertussis or whooping cough nationwide.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health has held several Tdap clinics this month with three additional ones later this month.

Officials said the vaccine will help protect people from pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria.

The vaccine is required for students entering sixth grade and those going to college. Health professionals said they also recommend caregivers and parents be vaccinated.